whats your best boat acessory you have bought

 after years of boating i saw my regular decky of 32 years starting to strugle pulling the pick from 30 or 40 meters , i invested in a anchour whinch , the smile on my deckys face when i hit the switch to pull the pick makes it worth what i paid for it , whats your best bit of kit you have put on your boat ?  


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Bit of Kit

Sun, 2018-04-08 20:23

Minn Kota, with i-pilot.  No anchor required. 

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My knob

Sun, 2018-04-08 20:33

I gotta say the handiest bit of kit is a steering knob. It is Seriously used every second you travel, and makes it a shit tonne easier to drive, drink piss, etc. 

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 Absolutely agree, its the

Mon, 2018-04-09 18:59

 Absolutely agree, its the first thing I fitted on both my last 2 boats.

Used all the time...

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 Anchor winchTrailer

Sun, 2018-04-08 21:04

 Anchor winch

Trailer winch 

Beer fridge

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id say pot winch and trailer

Mon, 2018-04-09 07:34

id say
pot winch and trailer winch ....then furuno sounder about 11 years ago

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Fusion

Mon, 2018-04-09 07:59

 Fusion stereo. 

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 My HDS9 gen 2 touch, hands

Mon, 2018-04-09 07:59

 My HDS9 gen 2 touch, hands down.

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Of the things I've added...

Mon, 2018-04-09 10:19

Markfish is my must have to link my Furuno 627 and HDS7 and then.

Boat Latch

Deckwask with livewell pump

Fuel flow sensor

Have also installed an MOB+ and hope I never need it

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 Jack...got a link to th he

Mon, 2018-04-09 11:42

 

Jack...got a link to th he fuel flow sensor your using? 

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I bought mine secondhand from

Mon, 2018-04-09 13:07

I bought mine secondhand from a fellow FW member but it's the earlier model of this one www.whitworths.com.au/catalog/product/view/id/4454. You'll also need to buy and install a NMEA starter kit worth around $70 if you don't have it in already. Once you calibrate it a few times it lets you know how much fuel you've used down to around 10ml. Very handy if you go away for the weekend to let you know exactly how much fuel you have left and good for splitting fuel costs with the deckie.

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 I just wish I had more time

Mon, 2018-04-09 11:00

 I just wish I had more time to use the stuff I do have. 

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best and worst - holding tank

Mon, 2018-04-09 12:30

best and worst - holding tank - is the best when it does as it should - is the worst when it does not do as it should!
(to be fair the tank has never failed but some of the external fittings have!) - years later I can still recall the smell....

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 My newest addition was an

Mon, 2018-04-09 12:52

 My newest addition was an adjustable height pedistal seat post which acts as a shock absorber as well. Makes travelling in my runabout so much more comfortable, should of done it years ago!

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 Where'd you get that Paul?

Mon, 2018-04-09 13:32

 Where'd you get that Paul?

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 Whitworths mate, $100Being

Mon, 2018-04-09 16:08

 Whitworths mate, $100

Being adjustable the gas strut acts as a shock absorber when fully extended. It does wobble a little when fully extended and over the years it could cause some wear and tear, but for now I’m very happy with it, I can drive while sitting down and see where I’m going and not get a sore ass for the 1st time!

 

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 Classic Scotto... Many moons

Mon, 2018-04-09 13:57

 Classic Scotto...

 

Many moons ago i worked on a cattle station and the first mustering 4x4 i had was a short wheel base land rover... You were always going flat out in 1st then flat out in reverse trying to keep the cattle sorted...

 

Anyway putting a forklift type knob on the steering wheel of that made all the difference, i am picking up what your putting down in regards to how easy it makes things!!

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 Them knobs are also great if

Mon, 2018-04-09 14:12

 Them knobs are also great if you like drifting 

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Bloody great for lining up

Mon, 2018-04-09 14:59

Bloody great for lining up the jetty too especially when it's windy

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Ordered - Wheel Knob!

Mon, 2018-04-09 14:41

Based on the solid advise from FW...

Need to see what i've been missing! (Although heading hold does most of the work for me these days)

www.ebay.com.au/itm/316-Stainless-Steel-Boat-Steering-Wheel-Knob-Hardware-with-Spanner-Tool/122560413028

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+1

Mon, 2018-04-09 15:40

 Ordered one a week ago and expect it here tomorrow.

Will come in handy as i have a damaged wrist & looks like a long term injury......

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Diesel Stern Drive

Mon, 2018-04-09 16:14

 Best thing I added was the diesel stern drive. 19Lp/h at 25 knots in the 7m Caribbean. 

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 Haha. Diesel was the best.

Mon, 2018-04-09 16:19

 Haha. Diesel was the best. Volvo was where my mistakes started. 

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Ok so far

Mon, 2018-04-09 18:53

 Sorry to hear you had issues. For me I bought the Volvo used as a package and so far after 246 hours I've put on it, all has been good. The guys that service it know their stuff so that helps I think. Overall total is still only 650 hours so still early days yet.

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 trailor winch so far . hope

Mon, 2018-04-09 18:51

 trailor winch so far . hope more to come. altho i cant complain about my perminent decky, Sandy, 18 years of boating and only jit the water twice without her 

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